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Report Card 2011

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University of Western Ontario
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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University of Western Ontario

School details:

  Grade higher than last year


Endowment: $325 million as of December 31, 2009

Location: London, Ontario, Canada


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: Yes (see response)


Please note: Data was collected in summer 2010 and may no longer be current.


Data compiled from survey responses, when available, and from independent research, when needed. For more information on data collection and evaluation, please see the  Methodology section.

Overall grade  
B -
The University of Western Ontario has incorporated sustainability into its master and strategic plans, focusing on green facilities and transportation. A campus sustainability committee works to reduce waste and greenhouse gas emissions, and four employees devote a portion of their time to sustainability efforts. The university has implemented a purchasing policy that mandates procurement of green paper products.
The university recently completed its first greenhouse gas emissions inventory. Energy-saving technologies installed on campus include LED and other high-efficiency lighting and energy management systems. A trade-in program helps replace inefficient appliances on campus.
Dining services spends 31 percent of its food budget on local and organic items. All eggs served on campus are cage free, and a third of seafood purchased is sustainably harvested. The dining facility composts pre- and postconsumer food scraps at all meals, and composting bins are located in academic and office buildings. The university recycles electronic items in addition to traditional materials and diverts 70 percent of its waste from landfills.
Western Ontario has committed to building all new construction and major renovation projects to LEED standards. The campus includes one LEED Gold-certified building and another that meets LEED Gold standards. Water-saving technologies, including low-flow showerheads and faucets and building water meters, have been installed across campus. All nonhazardous construction waste is diverted from landfills.
The EnviroWestern student group has conducted comprehensive waste reduction, climate change, and bottled water campaigns to promote environmental awareness. The group partners with the administration to give presentations on campus sustainability during new student orientation and hosts a peer-to-peer green challenge competition to promote behavioral change on campus.
Western Ontario subsidizes public transit passes for students and hosts a ride-matching website. A shuttle provides free transportation on and around campus, and the Bike Co-op runs a bike-sharing and repair program.
The university makes a list of asset allocation, external managers, and investment managers, as well as a list of votes cast on proxy resolutions on a company-specific level, available to the public upon request per open records law.
The university aims to optimize investment returns and does not invest the endowment in on-campus sustainability projects, renewable energy funds, or community development loan funds. Active managers report on the use of environmental, social, and governance factors as part of their investment decision process.
The university provides its investment managers with general guidelines that determine its proxy votes.
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